The Amalgam Cinematic Universe, also known as the ACU, is an American media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Amalgam Studios and based on characters that appear in publications by Amalgam Comics. The franchise has expanded to include comic books, short films, and television series. The shared universe, much like the original Amalgam Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.
The first film released in the ACU was Iron Lantern (2008), which began the first phase of films culminating in the crossover film Amalgam's Judgment League Avengers (2012). Phase Two began with Iron Lantern 3 (2013), and concluded with Challengers of Fantastic (2015). The films are currently in Phase Three, which began with the release of Dark Claw vs Super-Soldier: Identity War (2016). Marvel Television expanded the universe further, first to network television with Amalgam's Bruce Wayne: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC in the 2013–14 television season, followed by online streaming with Amalgam's Dare the Terminator on Netflix in 2015. Soundtrack albums have been released for all of the films, along with many of television series, as well as the release of compilation albums containing existing music heard in the films. The ACU also includes tie-in comics published by Amalgam Comics, while Amalgam Studios has also produced a series of direct-to-video short films and a viral marketing campaign for its films and the universe with the faux news program WHIH Newsfront.
The franchise has been seen as an impressive and groundbreaking success in terms of a multimedia shared universe, though critics have found that some of its films and television series have suffered in service of the wider universe. It has inspired other film and television studios with comic book character adaptation rights to attempt to create similar shared universes. The ACU has also been the focus of other media, outside of the shared universe, including attractions at Disneyland and Discovery Times Square, two television specials, guidebooks for each film, a Lego video game, and a commercial with Coca-Cola.
Iron Lantern (2008)Edit
Billionaire Howard Stark is taken captive by a terrorist organization, where he is forced to use his brilliant mind to uncover the secrets of an alien pod and create weapons. However, he instead uses it to build an armoured suit to keep him alive, using the lantern motif of the pod to become Iron Lantern. However, he soon discovers there is more to the alien technology than meets the eye.
The Incredible Skulk (2008)Edit
When scientist Bruce banner finds himself fused with a mysterious being named Solomon Grundy, the two become forced to transform into the powerful Skulk at times of stress and anger. Hunted by the military, Bruce must do everything he can to not only contain Skulk, but the mysterious Grundy as he searches for a cure.
Amazon (2009) Edit
Having lived on a mystical island belonging to the Amazons her whole live, Ororo finds herself forced into the outside world. There, she must battle her adopted sister Diana with her unique abilities and prove herself as a hero.
Iron Lantern 2 (2010)Edit
Having revealed himself as Iron Lantern, Howard Stark is trying to make the world a far better place. However, things become complicated when he meets the mysterious Jade Nova and Madame Sapphire appear along with new enemy green guardsman.
Thorion, crown prince of New Asgard, is banished to Earth after and stripped of his powers after failing to do his duty and threatening the safety of the universe. As his brother L'ok D'saad makes an attempt for the throne, Thorion must prove himself worthy of wielding Mjolnir.
In 1942, Clark Kent is deemed physically unfit to enlist in the army and fight Nazis. However, this changes when he is given the opportunity to have his DNA merged with that of a deceased alien, granting him super human powers. Now, he must battle the Green Skull and Hydra to save the world.
Amalgam's Judgment League Avengers (2012)Edit
Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D and aided by his closest ally Bruce Wayne, gathers the heroes Iron Lantern, Thorion, Super-Soldier, Skulk, Amazon and Dark Claw to fight Thorion's brother L'ok, who plots to subjecate the Earth.
Iron Lantern 3 (2013)Edit
Howard Stark finds himself more determined to learn the truth of the alien pod, which takes on him an intergalactic journey. Along the way, he finds himself battling a new enemy in the form of the Mandarinestro, a powerful individual who seems determined to stop Howard.
Thorion of the New Asgods (2013)Edit
Reuniting with Jane Foster, Thorion discovers a series of portals leading the the dreaded Apokolips. Forced to work with his brother, the two must put aside their differences to stop a dark force from destroying New Asgard and Earth.
Super-Soldier: Man of War (2014)Edit
Clark Kent, now working with S.H.I.E.L.D, teams up with Ororo/Amazon and Carter Wilson/Hawk to expose a deep conspiracy concerning the mysterious Winter Soldier.
Dark Claw (2014)Edit
Working with his new friend Bruce Banner/Skulk, amnesiac Logan Wayne finds their lives colliding together as they hunt down a lone assassin Hyena, who possesses a strange connection to Logan that threatens to unravel his life.
Judgment League Avengers: Age of Kultron (2015)Edit
Iron Lantern, Super-Soldier, Amazon, Skulk and Dark Claw must work together as the JLA to defeat Kultron, while encountering powerful teenagers Wanda Zatara/White Witch and Pietro Allen/Mercury, along with the synthetic Red Vision.
Challengers of the Fantastic (2015)Edit
Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm were all once simple agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but when it fell they grew apart. But now, the world needs the four death defying agents to rise up and save everyone as fantastical monsters appear.
Dark Claw v Super-Soldier: Identity War (2016)Edit
The JLA have been split into two opposing teams, one led by Super-Soldier and the other by Dark Claw, after extensive collateral damage prompts politician to pass an act regulating superhuman activity with government oversight and accountability.
Doctor Strangefate (2016)Edit
After Charles Xavier, world renown neurosurgeon and secretly a telepath, is involved in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing. This leads him to Nabu the Ancient One, who begins to teach him the secrets of the mystic arts.
Pete Ross, a clone of Super-Soldier, must try to balance his life at high school and the superhero Spider-Boy under the teachings of Howard Stark. Meanwhile, a new villain named Scavulture appears, with Spider-Boy being his only opposition.
Amazon 2 (2017) Edit
Working with Dark Claw, the two set out to learn more about their kind and discover how they all came into existence. Along the way, the two reluctantly find themselves working with the X-Patrol.
Thorion: Apokalips (2017)Edit
Thorion, imprisoned on another world without his hammer, must survive a gladiatorial duel against his friend Skulk, in order to return to New Asgard in time to prevent the victory of Apokalips.
Wayne (2017) Edit
Decades into the future, Logan Wayne is a lonely old hermit slowly dying as he watches humanity attempt to recover from a terrible war. But when a girl arrives seeking his help, he must become Dark Claw again to save her life an dhte lives of others.
Challengers of the Fantastic 2 (2018) Edit
The Challengers of the Fantastic find themselves battling a powerful threat alongside heroes from a doomed future, the Legion of Galactic Guardians. Together, can they hope to save the future?
Bronze Tiger (2018)Edit
T'Challa returns home as sovereign of the nation of Wakandan only to find his dual role of king and protector challenged by a long-time adversary in a conflict that has global consequences.
Judgment League Avengers: Infinity War (2018)Edit
The Judgement League Avengers join forces with the Challengers of the Fantastic and Legion of Galactic Guardians to battle Thanoseid, who is trying to amass the Infinity Stones.
Captain Marvel (2019)Edit
William Mar-Vell, a young boy, finds himself given the power to transform into the superhuman Captain Marvel. Now however, he must use his powers to save the world.
Judgement League Avengers : Crisis War (2019) Edit
Spider-Boy vs the Sinister Seven (2019) Edit
Challengers of the Fantastic 3 : Kingdom (2020) Edit
Bruce Wayne: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013-)Edit
Agent Bruce Wayne assembles a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) agents to handle strange new cases.
Dare the Terminator (2015-)Edit
Lawyer by day Slade Murdock finds herself using the heightened senses she has had since she was blinded as a little girl and the mercenary training she learned since then to start a war against crime in Hell's kitchen.
Lobo the Duck (2015-)Edit
Coming from a universe where ducks had evolved to human like creatures instead of apes, mercenary for hire Lobo the Duck and his sidekick Impossible Dawg finds himself becoming the unlikely hero people need.
Bullets and Braces (2016-)Edit
Trevor Castle and Diana Prince, two very different people, find themselves working together to survive attacks on their lives.
Bat-Thing (2017-) Edit
Kirk Sallis, while experimenting with gene splicing, tries to use an experiment to cure himself of his cancer. However, it instead gives him unusual abilities and a monstrous alter-ego called Bat-Thing.
Taking place in the late 19th century of a dying wild west, Jono Hex recruits a number of malforms into his gang, becoming outlaws due to be shunned by society. However, they soon find themselves becoming society's hope for a better tomorrow.
Defenders (2017) Edit
Dare the Terminator, Lobo the Duck, Trevor Castle, Diana Prince and Bat-Thing unite against a common threat to save New York.